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Well, I’m excited to finally report some positive news concerning Teresa Giudice’s finances!

As you recall, on Monday the Real Housewives of New Jersey star’s husband, Joe Giudice withdrew his bankruptcy filing after controversy over allegations the Giudices had lied about their assets and income at the time of filing. Joe was at risk of facing criminal prosecution related to bankruptcy fraud. Teresa still potentially faces those charges, as she has yet to withdraw her filing, although sources report she is planning to.

Now, onto the positive! In a new interview for PEOPLE, Teresa’s attorney Jim Kridel reports “Teresa and Joe are happy about this,” and Teresa feels ” ‘vindicated’ to be voluntarily paying her remaining debts rather than have them discharged in bankruptcy court. (They will move to settle the case later this week.).” Wait – what?! Did I read that correctly?! Why, yes, yes I did.

Mr Kridel continues “Teresa has always wanted to be able to say that she paid her creditors.”  The Giudices however had a hard time doing that as they owed a seemingly insurmountable amount of money related to multiple mortgages on several inner city apartment buildings, bills for building materials, and the balances on their various credit cards which accumulated to about $11M in debt according to their bankruptcy filing.

“Almost all the debt in the bankruptcy was Joe’s debt,” Kridel claims. Apparently, the smaller debts and credit card bills, which totaled around $100,000, were attributed to Teresa, and her lavish spending and out of control need for anything covered in glitter, lace, or marble, who “wanted to pay,” however once the Giudices filed bankruptcy their creditors were not allowed to be paid “preferentially.”

The article explains that as of now several of the banks have been repaid from the sale of the apartment buildings listed as a liability in their bankruptcy filing and Joe has also paid the $586,000 claim against him from his former business partner through a building’s sale; leaving the Giudice’s remaining debts “within a manageable range.”

With her many business ventures (including a make-up line and bottled cocktail) Teresa is no longer completely broke. Teresa “may not be able to pay all [her creditors] with one check, but she can pay them back. She wants to do the right thing,” her lawyer articulates. No word if Joe is currently employed, but at least his wife is bringing home the bacon and attempting to spend it wisely!

According to Kridel, who gave this interview with dollar signs in his eyes, “The cost of litigation might exceed what she owes.” Well, hopefully they won’t default on that bill…

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Do you believe Teresa that she wants to repay her debts? Are you as shocked as I am that she supposedly wants to do the right thing? If Teresa does, in fact, repay her creditors the old-fashioned way would this give you a more positive opinion of her?

Bankruptcy, what bankruptcy?

Exactly two years after filing bankruptcy in 2009, to the tune of $11 million in debt, Joe Giudice withdrew his bankruptcy filing on Monday in a New Jersey court.

The NJ Star-Ledger was the first to break the shocking news regarding the Real Housewives of New Jersey star. So why did Joe abandon his bankruptcy bid? Well it all has to do with the accusations levied against him and his wife Teresa Giudice by their bankruptcy trustee John Sywilok.

About a year after they initially filed, the trustee accused them of hiding assets, and concealing income amongst other things. The Giudices were accused of concealing assets including three vehicles, a boat, properties in Hillside, the family pizzeria, a laundromat and apartments. Teresa was also accused of hiding income including a $250,000 advance she received for her bestselling book “Skinny Italian.”

While in court, Joe abandoned his quest to have his millions of dollars in debts forgiven in federal bankruptcy court. The Ledger reports the change of heart came after he invoked his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination during questioning by the trustee for his creditors about assets, income and business interests he is accused of hiding from the court.

The judge signed off on the settlement between Joe and the trustee. The court order reads, “The defendant Giuseppe Giudice acknowledges his desire to resolve the matter without the need for further inquiry or litigation, and without making any further admissions.”

However, the agreement signed by Joe does not apply to Teresa. Though it’s likely Teresa, who has been raking in the dough since filing bankruptcy, will end up dong the same.

So why did Joe make this decision? More than likely to avoid future criminal prosecution. Joe and Teresa were scheduled to face trial over the bankruptcy fraud leveled against them. If they had been found to be in the wrong during that trial, the next steps would have been a criminal case.

“They are really cracking down on bankruptcy fraud,” said bankruptcy lawyer Leonard C. Walczyk. “It is a real hot issue.”

So to sum this up, Joe is now responsible for millions of dollars of debt while Teresa’s bankruptcy case is still working its way through the court system. The trustee is still opposing her discharge of debt. A bankruptcy lawyer reveals Joe would still be responsible for their joint debts even if a judge absolves Teresa’s liability.

As stated, it’s likely Teresa will end up following in Joe’s footsteps, you know, if she wants to avoid criminal prosecution and/or prison.

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In the never-ending saga that is the Real Housewives of New Jersey, the gang heads to Punta Cana and it’s more of the same: drunken antics, terrible trashy clothing, and bickering. To borrow a phrase from the one, the only Juicy: “Shut UP!”

Preparing for a luxurious 5-day kid-free stay in Punta Cana on Bravo’s dime, at The Gorga Marble Compound, Joe, after stuffing his children in a suitcase, begins personally inspecting all Melissa’s stripper bikinis by sniffing the crotch. In front of his mother-in-law and his children he is sniffing the crotch of his wife’s bathing suit while she dangles another hoochie mama confection in front of his face.

At the Giudice marble mansion, Teresa has raided the Victoria’s Secret Swimsuit Catalog from 1993 and is packing every sequined string bikini in the land. Melania takes this opportunity to assault and batter both her sisters. Um… where is Gabriella? Was she taken away by family services or something – I haven’t seen her all season. Maybe she’s already too embarrassed to be participating in this show. Joe promises to try and have a good time – Gia echos what we’re all thinking when she gives him a disbelieving look.

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Bankruptcy, schmankruptcy! Teresa Giudice, the supposedly “cutting back” star of Real Housewives of New Jersey blew $25,100 on her “dream dress” to renew her vows with husband, Joe Giudice.

After 11-years of marriage, three of which they spent torturing us through the television, Teresa and Joe decided they needed to prove to America that, despite all the arguments and legal issues and embarrassing situations, they are still oh-so in love by staging an elaborate vow renewal complete with an over-the- top Pnina Tournai wedding gown.

In a new interview, Teresa explains why she picked the pricey gown! “On our wedding day, I wore a gown that looked like Princess Diana’s, she describes to In Touch Weekly. “This time I wanted a gown that cost a crazy amount of money!”

Teresa tried on dozens of gowns at Kleinfeld Bridal (of Say Yes To The Dress-fame) in NYC to find the perfect re-wedding dress, explaining: “It’s not so easy to find the perfect gown a second time!”

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After an exhaustive search trying on a series of hideous, garish, multi-thousand dollar dresses including: a princess ballgown, because apparently her daughters refer to their mom as “Cinderella with brown hair,” a horrific prom-style mini dress she dubbed “so Madonna in the ‘80’s,” and feathered confection that made her “feel like a Muppett;” Teresa finally settled one so over-the-top it belongs in My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding!

“They didn’t used to make dresses like this,” Teresa exclaimed of her elaborate new gown. Oh, and did I mention it cost a whopping $25,100 and the veil cost $1,140? Minor details! “I wanted something no one else has,” she explained of her reasoning behind trying to upstage Dina Manzo’s million dollar wedding spending a zillion dollars on a duvet masquerading as a dress.

Wasn’t Teresa just quoted as saying: “The love you put into a party shows how extravagant it is.” Evidently that ideology didn’t deter her from blowing some people’s entire yearly salary on a dress – but she wouldn’t be Teresa if she assigned any reservation to her spending! “It took Joe’s breath away!” (after he looked at the price tag) she gushed describing her very un-wedding day.

Below are photos of the other dresses Teresa tried on that weren’t expensive enough didn’t quite make the cut!

In other Teresa news, she also discusses her upcoming make-up line and drink line in an all new interview. As was reported weeks ago, Teresa is working on her own cosmetic line called TG by Teresa Giudice.

“I am coming out with a cosmetic line with nail polish, lipgloss, and lipstick called TG by Teresa Giudice in October,” said Teresa to StarPulse. “It’s going to be in places like CVS and Wal-Mart. So, it’s like a buy one get one free, like you buy a nail polish and you get a lipgloss free. They are packaged together.”

Teresa doesn’t end there as she is also taking a page out of Bethenny Frankel’s book by coming out with her own all natural drink line called Fabellini. “I am also coming out with and formulated my own bellini, which is called Fabellini and it will be out around the holidays. It’s all natural. I am using a gold medal champagne with natural peach puree…It’s 12% alcohol too so it will totally get you buzzed!” Let’s hope Tre’s “all natural” drink doesn’t suffer the same fate as Bethenny’s!

Moving on to tonight’s all new episode of the RHONJ! On the 17th episode on this never ending season titled “Get To the Punta,” the Garden State ladies embark on a paradise getaway to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Activities include a private cruise, but Kathy and Teresa soon make waves when they clash on the beach. A preview clip is below!

What do you think of Teresa’s wedding dress – hideous or elegant? Are you shocked that someone being sued for bankruptcy fraud would spend $25k on a wedding gown – to renew her vows!? Will you be buying Teresa’s products?

Former Real Housewife of New Jersey and long-time fan favorite, Dina Manzo who left the show amidst controversy is speaking out about Bravo and insinuating that some other NJ ladies may be following in her footsteps!

Dina, who is currently the star of her own show on HGTV, creatively titled: Dina’s Party, explains that being a part of RHoNJ was no longer fun: “I woke up one morning and [thought] ‘what am I doing? I don’t like doing this. I don’t have to do this.”

She adds, “I wouldn’t put my daughter on anymore [during] season 2, my husband never wanted to be on. So you have that choice. I don’t blame Bravo. I don’t blame production ’cause at any time you, you do sign a contract, but you can play chess. Say, okay fine come on over and film me washing my dishes.”

There have already been rumors that her sister-in-law, Jacqueline Laurita wants out after drama with her daughter, Ashley Holmes has been a major story-line for more than one season. Jacqueline’s younger children are basically never featured and excepting the issues with Ashley, her involvement has been a little, ummm…bland, as of late.

And with Teresa Giudice’s family joining the show, airing even more of her dirty laundry, she may want to leave as well! Dina, who is rumored to have a “made for TV” friendship with her former co-star, recently attended Teresa’s daughter, Audriana’s second birthday party (Dina is her godmother), and both women maintain that they have a genuine friendship. I don’t see Caroline Manzo leaving, especially since it is rumored that Caroline and Dina are no longer on good terms!

Putting Bravo on blast over their decision to air The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills almost immediately after Russell Armstrong’s untimely death, Dina laments that Bravo should have “postponed a bit,” musing: “I thought they would wait a little bit longer but my god, what a situation.”

Dina reminds the viewers that being part of a reality show, well, on some level it’s actually real life. “People forget that it’s really our lives it’s not just a scripted show,” she describes. “So it’s a very hard thing for the audience to remember for that second. This really happened in someone’s life … ”

Photos from Teresa’s daughter Adriana’s birthday below! Courtesy of Teresa’s official website.

Photo credit: PR Photos

Do you think there is some truth to what Dina is saying? Who do you think wants to leave the show? Do you agree that Bravo aired RHoBH too soon?

It all started with this humble Tweet from an Auto-Tune inflicted New Jersey Housewife who apparently thinks she can sing and thinks she as clout with the Bravo-machine: “@GreggyBennett @jaymohr37 why are u tweeting him? He’s such an asshole… Pulls food out of peoples mouths.”

See, Greg Bennett, aka Albie and Christopher Manzo’s roommate and mister, is now apparently the “pseudo-manager” of Melissa Gorga and he also has a twitterelationship with comedian and Real Housewives of New Jersey Blogger extraordinaire, (whose recaps make me bitter and jealous!) Jay Mohr. Part of this Twitter-lationship includes pitching some really scary TV ideas of his own…

Anyways, back to the feud! Apparently, Melissa is upset that Jay is unnecessarily harsh about her and her family on these said blogs and she felt the need to call Jay out!

Melissa’s anger began after reading Jay’s most recent blog where he, predictably, insulted Melissa’s singing:

“Did anyone else notice that last episode, after Teresa autographed a book for her brother, Joey made her read it to him? This is the second or third time Joey Gorga has made someone read to him. He is either illiterate or a pimp.”

“Melissa’s voice on speaker phone is somehow worse than her voice while singing. On speaker phone Melissa sounds like a cross between a Vietnamese lady and one of Charlie Brown’s teachers. Teresa tells Melissa that they both need to talk to their Joes and Melissa snaps like Mike Tyson at a spelling bee. Melissa talks so loudly and long and shrilly without a break it sounds like she is calling a horse race.”

“Melissa plays her song for the boys and they say they like it. Then they inexplicably ask Melissa to sing at their company’s launch party. Are they launching ear plugs?”

Well, Melissa felt he took his insults a step too far and she confronted Jay on Twitter, in what began a Twittercation:

Melissa started with the above Tweet to Greg and then when Greg responded: “@melissagorga girl did your twitter get hacked? #confused” Melissa explained: “No it’s Meee, I don’t care for jay, do u read his blogs.,,,he’s not funny anymore” After a fan criticized Jay’s blogs as no longer being “objective.” Melissa responded to the fan and included Jay and Bravo in the response, whining: “@jaymohr37 @BravoAndy @bravotv guess they don’t have my back with this….”

Jay retaliated by Tweeting: “Listen up! @melissagorga I CRUSHED Teresa four weeks in a row. I CRUSHED Joe G. Too! WHY ARE YOU ON REALITY TELEVISION THEN?!!” Touche, Mama Gorga, Touche. Go back to being off display if you don’t want people “critiquing” your hypocritical behavior!”

Jay launched another Tweet: “@melissagorga Did you think I was mean when I said your daughter was the most beautiful child I had ever seen? Don’t remember a thank you.” “For the record @melissagorga tonight told me to blog negative things about @Teresa_Giudice books and businesses. #fact #sad”

In Melissa’s defense (she needs one bad!) it appears Melissa did not ask Jay to trash Tre but rather asked him why he trashes her singing but never Teresa’s books and businesses. Melissa then responded with: “Never her books or business, crush? Hardly… Mean doesn’t =funny” Yeah, Melissa – family comes first!

Real Fan Club also called Melissa out on her nonsense, Tweeting: If @melissagorga can’t handle @jaymohr37, a comedian, then she has no business trying 2 break into the industry! #Lifeofanentertainer. Melissa responded with this ridiculous Tweet: “@REALFANSCLUB @jaymohr37 I can handle him just don’t like him, Don’t get it twisted!” With Jay snarkily responding: “DONT GET IT TWISTED is my new single.

Melissa even involved co-star, Caroline Mnazo, Twhining: “Carolinnneeee!!!!He’s soo mean….. get the bat!” Caroline, pleading the fifth, commented back: “hey you two, don’t make me get the wooden spoon out – play nice! he’s not mean, he’s doing his job – you know me – I don’t support mean – now kiss and make ups kids….”

After realizing everyone alive thought she was ridiculous and melodramatic, Melissa abruptly ended things by tweeting: @jaymohr37 Wow! I thought we r having fun, that took it to a whole new level, goodnight.” and “By the way read my tweets, never said to, I said, Jay doesn’t…. Big difference”

Even Greg wasn’t on her side, Tweeting: @melissagorga thick skin honey :-) If you can’t laugh at yourself, everyone else will do it for you. Looove you.” Well said, Greggy! He also added that the feud wasn’t a publicity stunt!

Teresa surprisingly had no comment on any of this! Is she still alive?! Possibly has she broken both her hands rendering it impossible for her to type?

Melissa must have realized she was cutting off her nose to spite her face because she immediately started back pedaling, Tweeting Andy Cohen and other Housewives co-stars. Since this whole Jay-debacle I noticed there hasn’t been tweeting going on between Greg and Melissa. Dare I say, is Greg ditching the Madonna wannabe for a real celebrity friend?

Things are about to get a whole lot more interesting as the livid Melissa is slated to appear on Watch What Happens Live, Oct 9th with her new nemesis. And yes, deep down Melissa knows he’s funny…

Thoughts on the Twitter feud? Whose side are you on? Was Melissa Jay out of line with his snarking on Melissa or does she need to toughen up?

Last night’s episode of Real Housewives of New Jersey was about forgiveness. Teresa and Joe work through the text-pocolypse and realize family includes their children, and perhaps it is time to put the petty bickering aside, but not before cheating their way a through a charity marathon! Oh, who am I kidding – last night’s episode was boooor-ring! It seemed to drag along for so long I couldn’t believe it was only on an hour! Maybe that’s because they talked about the same things for the thousandth time!

The episode begins Jacqueline and The Caroline talking fitness – they have big plans to “participate” in a 5K, because Caroline wants get in shape for Punta Cana – which is a week away. Nothing like last minute! Jacs is thinking she’ll just wear Spanx and work out for the trip by upping her tolerance sitting at home by guzzling wine. After exhausting the work out topic, they talk Teresa and The Caroline has a few snarky comments to make about that! Since they are talking about her, when they arrive at Jacqueline’s – who is there unannounced with her ears ringing, but Teresa wearing a pair of giant fur shoulders and heels for a snowstorm, but no coat! Caroline, who told us that while she may have lost 25lbs, she is still completely made of lasagna, tiramisu, and mozzarella, because she is in terrible shape. So, instead of exercising they sit in Jacqueline’s kitchen and eat while discussing the latest Gorgadice dramz. Well, if anything will drive you to dessert it’s hearing Teresa and Melissa out-screach at each other about stupid Joe nonsense.

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On the last episode of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, millions of viewers watched as Joe Giudice not only got drunk in his home, but also berated his wife Teresa Giudice in front of guests and called his brother-in-law a gay slur.

Fast forward to today and in usual Teresa fashion, she is now defending the actions of her husband. Teresa, who graces the latest cover of In Touch Weekly magazine with photos of her extravagant vow renewal to Joe, tells the mag despite coming off as a jerk on national television, Joe is still her Prince Charming.

“He doesn’t act for the cameras,” says Teresa (Not helping his case there Tre!) adding that deep down Joe’s really a “sweetheart.”

CLICK HERE TO SEE PHOTOS FROM TERESA & JOE’S EXTRAVAGANT VOW RENEWAL CEREMONY!

When asked about Joe’s “drunken bullying” on the recent episode of the RHONJ, Teresa asserts that she wasn’t hurt by the incident. “He was drunk, in his own home and upset. I get where he was coming from.”

Teresa also insists that Joe is not verbally abusive to her — but simply a guy who speaks his mind. “Joe is Joe,” she states. “You really have to know him to know it’s not malicious.” She adds, “You learn, with age, to let things bother you less and less.”

In other news, Melissa Gorga discusses the hardship of doing the RHONJ in the beginning and how she decided to join the show in an interview with The Insider. Below are excerpts from Melissa’s interview -

TheInsider.com: What’s it been like watching yourself on television?
Melissa Gorga: In the beginning it was hard, but the more I watch it, the more I enjoy it. I’m now at the point where I feel grateful that I’m getting to share my life with America. Show them how I do things. It’s a great experience and I’m eating up every minute of it.

Insider: Teresa and her husband have not said very nice things about you and your husband. Has that been hard?
Melissa: It is. We all went through it months ago so to sit there and rewatch it and find out all these new things that people said behind your back in the confessionals is hard. It’s hard not to pick up the phone and ask, “How could you say that about me?!?” But I take everything I see with a grain of salt because it was said when we were in that place. It’s always hard to go back and watch it, but we knew what we were signing up for.

Insider: Having watched Teresa go through it for two seasons, what made you want to be a part of this?
Melissa: You know, in the beginning, Joe and I weren’t sure if we wanted to do it. But because it really involved my husband’s family, I completely left the decision up to him. It was so much more personal for him, so if he said yes, we were in, if he said no, we were out. I think he knew that we had something to offer and he went for it.

Insider: The cast is about to go on a big vacation together. Can’t imagine that’s going to be good.
Melissa: Yea, we go to Punta Cana and it’s crazy. Kathy & Teresa get into a little tiff on the beach, but there’s always a lot of fun mixed in with the drama – which is the Housewives way!

And finally, following a two week hiatus, a new episode of the RHONJ airs tonight on Bravo! On the 16th episode this season titled ‘Singing in the Pain,” the wives are up and running when they participate in a charity race, with Teresa’s competitive nature on full display. Meanwhile, Melissa premieres her song to an unforgiving crowd in Hoboken. And Teresa throws a birthday bash for one of her daughters, highlighted by a jaw-dropping gift.

The episode airs at 10/9c. A preview clip is below!


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